The Netherlands is going to give Afghanistan development aid again. That support was suspended after the takeover by the radical Islamist Taliban last August. The emergency aid continued.
Minister of Development Cooperation Liesje Schreinemacher agrees with three proposals from the World Bank to invest 400 million euros in the short term in, among other things, food security and health care. This pot contains a total of 1.2 billion dollars, of which the Dutch share is 55 million. Support for education is not discussed. The Taliban decided that girls should not receive secondary education.
The minister also gives 11 million euros to a special fund for Afghanistan of the UN. These can be supported under “strict conditions” basic services such as health care in Afghanistan.
This year 20 million euros is available for emergency aid to Afghanistan. In addition, the Dutch Relief Alliance, a partnership of Dutch aid organizations that helps with humanitarian disasters, will receive 5.1 million euros to help Afghans.
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Door: Wessel Wierda